- Subject index
A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy is an accessible guide to the field for anyone embarking on training or simply interested in finding out more about psychotherapy. Mapping the development and dimensions of contemporary practice, the book explores the origins of psychotherapy; its applications in terms of modalities, settings and client populations; central theoretical concepts; the nature of training and career paths for qualified practitioners; and main critiques, both from within and outside psychotherapy. A team of well-known and highly-regarded contributors examine issues which have particular bearing on psychotherapy today.
Chapter 6: Training for a Career in Psychotherapy
Training for a Career in Psychotherapy
Training to be a psychotherapist is an intensive and demanding undertaking. Not only is the trainee required to gain a theoretical grasp of a subject that is both fascinating and complex, they must also be able to apply their learning effectively with their clients. Unusually for most professional trainings, the trainee psychotherapist must come to know themselves at least as well as the theories they are studying; generally by undertaking their own personal therapeutic journey of heart, mind and soul. There is a straightforward reason for this. The chief instrument for most psychotherapists is the self. Their own thoughts, feelings and reactions provide the main means of assessing, judging and understanding the efficacy of ...